Those 3 words could describe my yarn storage area, but in this case I mean it literally. I found this nest recently while walking my dog on a trail near my house:
I found it on the ground, so I'm assuming it fell out of a nearby tree. It took a few moments for me to recognize it for what it was, but once I did, I was very excited. I used to spread my leftover yarn scraps around the garden and pasture in hopes that they would be gathered by nesting birds. I stopped the practice only recently because I didn't think the scraps were being used. What a treat to see that they are being used after all!
I am pretty sure the red strands you can see in the picture are pieces I set out. Also, what I originally thought was something akin to dryer lint is actually raw wool. Our sheep is a Dorper, a breed with a mixture of hair and wool which naturally sheds. Her wool ends up on fences, on the ground and stuck to trees as she sheds in the spring. There are other sheep in the neighborhood too, but I love the thought that the wool might be from her. The nest also has very small twigs, grass, and quite a bit of lichen. There is a small hollow inside which is lined with tiny feathers. It is otherwise empty, so hopefully it fell out of the tree after some baby birds were successfully fledged.
I will definitely be putting my wool scraps outdoors again. Do any of you spread your yarn outside?
Also, I would love to hear from you if you have a guess as to what type of bird builds a nest like this.